Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Scandal de jour
If the papers were serving this as a Main Course, we'd either be seriously obese or feeling so overstuffed and nauseous that we're ready to run to puke rather than even glance at the next "sensation."
I think the Israeli public is numb from the over-sized daily scandals about our politicians being dished out by the local muckrakers, aka investigative reporters.
Are we supposed to judge which crimes are better or worse? Are the sexual harrassers, rapists, more honest, more suited to lead the country, since they didn't break any "real laws?" They didn't steal money, just "kisses," self-respect and human dignity. Should Chaim Ramon and Moshe Katzav be banished from public life? Hillary forgave Bill!
Or are Olmert's financial corruption charges signs of a "better person?" It's not like he cheated on his wife! All he did was get the "best deal" for a family home.
And why should Tzachi Hanegbi be punished for providing jobs for his friends? Hadn't the Labor party been doing it for decades?
Yes, I could go on, ad nauseum.
I'll tell you what really worries me. That's the message our kids are getting. The bigger you are the more you can take, whether it's someone's body, money you didn't earn, or a job via "protexia."
High school teachers see it all the time, when students demand higher grades. They think they can bully us into helping them pass. There are even schools that play that game.
Cheating is an international epidemic, no matter the realm. Was the world always like this?